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Young Champions of the Earth

Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.

You want to change the world. We’re here to help. A partnership between CoalitionWILD, UN Environment, Covestro, and The Do School, Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. Along with receiving the prestigious award, winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help bring your big environmental ideas to life.

Young Champions of the Earth receive:

US$15,000 in seed funding

Global publicity and recognition

Attendance at high-level UN meetings


Access to Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring

Award presented at Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony


Entrepreneurial training program provided by The DO School

Meet the 2018 Young Champions of the Earth

Heba Al-Farra, Kuwait
Women in Energy & Environment

Women in Energy & Environment (WEE) is a member-driven organization in which diversity, innovation and creativity are valued and our members are our key resources. WEE is dedicated to supporting women in their current roles and building a supportive community for them. Through WEE, I will seek to advance the role of women in the MENA region in leading the green industry while demonstrating the positive environmental, social and economic impacts of women. Read Heba’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Miranda Wang, United States

BioCellection is tackling the plastic crisis by developing an economical recycling solution for currently unrecyclable plastic waste. Our team has developed a chemical process that transforms plastics into renewable chemicals for sustainable virgin-quality materials. At commercial scale, our team plans to fabricate modular process skids to treat plastic waste on a regional level around the world. Products from these regions will be centralized and purified in chemical facilities. By connecting the waste and chemistry worlds, we’re enabling a circular plastic economy. Read Miranda’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Gator Halpern, Bahamas
Coral Vita

Coral Vita is creating a global network of innovative land-based coral farms, using breakthrough methods developed at the Mote Marine Lab and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology to grow corals up to 50x faster while strengthening their resiliency to climate change. Land-based farms are scalable, allowing to potentially grow millions of corals from a single site. Coral Vita’s business model can support restoration at unprecedented scales, and by taking a community-based approach we integrate local actors to promote long-term reef stewardship. Read Gator’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Miao Wang, China
Better Blue

Better Blue is a global network constructed mainly by diving centers or divers. It hopes to build an eco-evaluation system to redefine the diving industry and empower every diver and diving center to become advocates and practitioners in marine conservation through capacity building, citizen-scientific programs, etc. Better Blue also provides consulting services to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Greater China and its global charity partner, Project AWARE, to help them better integrate Chinese divers’ resource and motivate action for ocean conservation. Read Miao’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Arpit Dhupar, India
Chakr Shield

Chakr Innovation has developed a technique to control emissions from diesel generators. The device, ‘Chakr Shield’, causes minimum backpressure on the diesel generator, controlling up to 90% of particulate matter from diesel engines, with no impact on the engine’s efficiency. The captured carbon is the processed and used to create ink pigment. This pigment is non-toxic and is of same quality as the ink used in industries. Each litre of ink saves 700 million litres of air that an average adult would breathe in lifetime! Read Arpits’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Hugh Weldon, Ireland

The Evocco smartphone app helps the consumer to align their purchasing behaviour with their ethics. Evocco educates the user on the environmental impact of their food purchases in a simplified yet informative manner. Users simply take a photo of their food shopping receipt to receive instant information on the environmental impact of their purchases. The app then allows them to track their impact over time, whilst offering personalised advice on how to reduce their impact the next time they shop.  Read Hugh’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

Shady Rabab, Egypt
Garbage Conservatoire

As a passionate musician, designer and environmental activist, my dream is to bring together children working as garbage collectors in Luxor and teach them how to make their own musical instruments from trash and play music as a band. The project will empower children through the innovative use of waste, whilst using art and music as a medium to nurture relationships between communities, families and children. Furthermore, the project will promote waste recycling in the design and implementation of development projects to effect positive change in communities. Read Shady’s full story on the UN Environment webpage.

“Because of CoalitionWILD and the Young Champions of the Earth, my project, Nativus, has gained credibility locally where industry and policymakers are starting to acknowledge the importance of generating green spaces in the city.”

Liliana Jaramillo
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
Founder, Nativus

“It also has helped me to share my idea internationally and get in contact with more people and projects – joining forces to keep learning and shaping this work. This has been an amazing opportunity that keeps opening doors to create a positive impact in the world.”

Past Young Champions of the Earth

Eritai Kateibwi, Kiribati
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
Te Maeu Project

Liliana Jaramillo, Ecuador
2017 Young Champion of the Earth

Adam Dixon, United Kingdom
2017 Young Champion of the Earth

Kaya Dorey, Canada
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
Novel Supply Co.

Mariama Mamane, Niger
2017 Young Champion of the Earth

Omer Badokhon, Yemen
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
Biogas From Waste


The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UN Environment’s work includes assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

UN Environment’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium polymers, Covestro has a key position in the value chain of many industries, including auto manufacturing, construction, electronics, and wood processing. Covestro likes to use this position to push sustainability and innovation further together with our workforce of 16,000 employees, customers, partners and young talents around the world.

The “People, Planet, Prosperity” principle is one of the pillars of Covestro’s approach to sustainable development. The company strives to mitigate the negative impact of its actions on the environment, advance society and at the same time create value. This is the basis of the company’s vision “To make the world a brighter place” and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The DO School inspires you to get things DOne. To seize new opportunities, to solve important problems. Our society and business models are changing fast. We equip you to shape what comes next. At the DO School, you become a DOer. DOers clarify new ideas, and bring them to life quickly as new products, processes and services. DOers inspire seismic cultural shifts that transform people, organisations and society. DOers are purposeful: they create not just better business but a better world – for everyone. The DO School is supporting Young Champions of the Earth initiative by facilitating the mentoring programme.

Young leaders are using their voices and passion to enact change for a better planet.

Join us and connect with them.